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The transportation industry has always been subject to the vicissitudes of the global economy, and companies must be prepared to shift strategies as currency fluctuations and the ups and downs of national economies jostle the import-export equation across countries. Add to this the rising cost of fuel, a maze of growing regulations, environmental concerns, and the industry-altering impact of new technologies, and it is no surprise that transportation companies face significant challenges.

Gone are the days when a company could call on a single individual or even a handful of individuals to meet the full spectrum of its legal needs in the transportation arena. From real estate advice and vendor contracts to negotiating the intricacies of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, companies concerned with transporting goods have a host of legal issues that call for counsel with significant depth of experience.

At McGuireWoods, we have developed a cross-disciplinary team of professionals with deep industry knowledge and experience who represent transportation clients in all aspects of their business operations. Our team includes the former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the former acting secretary of the DOT, and outside counsel to the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

We advise domestic and international clients across all major sectors of transportation, including:

We also counsel financial institutions, leasing companies, and other businesses in connection with domestic and international, single-investor and syndicated, leveraged and investment-grade loans, leveraged and single-investor leases, purchases and sales of assets, transportation contracts, and similar matters.

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John D. Padgett Partner T: +1 757 640 3779


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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Estae administrator

Prosecute wrongful death case against tractor trailer driver who killed wrecker operator in work zone. Tractor trailer driver was overlength and overtime and failed to obtain the required post accident alcohol test.
Representative Matter

National rental car company

Representation of a national rental car company in a strict products liability and negligence action by consumer alleging that the crash was caused by defective and/or poorly installed tires on rental vehicle. The court granted summary judgment for the firm’s client, finding that plaintiff failed to submit any evidence creating a disputed issue of fact as to the existence of a defect.
Representative Matter

World leader in the manufacture of heavy duty diesel engines

Representation of world leader in the manufacture of heavy duty diesel engines in a wrongful death asbestos case. Obtained summary judgment for our client despite specific identification of our product as a product used by the decedent and despite strenuous opposition from plaintiff.
Representative Matter

Port terminal operator

Representation of a port terminal operator in an age discrimination action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and obtained full summary judgment.
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Ferry services company

Representation of a ferry services company in state aid proceedings before the EU Commission. The client is an alleged beneficiary of illegal and incompatible aid granted by the Sardinia region in Italy. The allegation is that the client has been overcompensated for ferry services between Sardinia and small islands around it. The risk is that the client will be ordered to repay the aid (plus interest).
Case Study

Team wins high-stakes arbitration for major transportation company

A team of McGuireWoods lawyers from Jacksonville and Atlanta secured a significant arbitration victory for a leading North American supplier of rail transportation services.

Representative Matter

Subsidiary of the world's largest pork producer and processor

Representation of a subsidiary of the world's largest pork producer and processor, and its former employee, in a multimillion-dollar trial in North Carolina. The jury trial arose from an accident in which an 18-wheeler ran over a bicyclist in a, leaving him paraplegic with severe, permanent injuries. The trial court submitted issues to the jury of negligence, contributory negligence, last clear chance, loss of consortium and damages. After short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of no negligence, finding no liability on the part of the firm’s clients.
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Business insurance broker

Representation of business insurance broker in motor vehicle injury case.
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Tractor-trailer company

Defense of tractor-trailer company and driver against allegations of negligence in interstate collision. Plaintiff was ejected at highway speeds when her vehicle rolled after evading defendant’s tractor trailer which she alleged improperly changed lanes. Tried case to jury and forced plaintiff to nonsuit after court instructed jury regarding her failure to use a seat belt.
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The European arm of an international shipping company based in Japan

Representation of the European arm of an international shipping company based in Japan, on labor and employment matters and real estate matters.
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Leading food distributor

Representation of a leading food distributor in a motion for judgment on the pleadings granted on ground that California’s meal and rest break laws, as applied to a motor carrier’s truck drivers, are preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act. This was the first such ruling to be made by a California state court.
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Industrial Real Estate Developer

Representation of an industrial real estate developer in connection with the partial redevelopment and leasing of a large parcel in Virginia. The facility consist of a 385,000 square foot warehouse
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Leading US ocean shipping and integrated logistics company

Obtained dismissal of class action claims against two shipping companies in multidistrict litigation alleging our clients colluded to increase fuel surcharges and allocate customers on containerized cargo shipments to Hawaii and Guam.
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Leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation

Effective defense of leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America in nuisance case. Resulted in summary judgment for client and dismissal of case. Upheld on appeal by United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit based on preemption. McGuireWoods has handled several nuisance cases in multiple jurisdictions for this client.
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Defended client in criminal price fixing investigation by the DOJ and follow-on civil litigation.

Representation of a domestic ocean container shipping company in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of price-fixing of ocean transportation rates  and defense of related treble-damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy.
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Manufacturer of aircraft support equipment

Represented manufacturer of aircraft support equipment in international distribution agreement.
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Trucking company

After a two-day jury trial, plaintiff took a voluntary non-suit at the close of the evidence, before the jury was charged. The plaintiff was ejected from her vehicle on interstate 81 in Wythe County, Virginia. She filed suit against our trucking company client and their driver alleging that a tractor trailer moved into her lane, causing her to lose control of her vehicle.
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Major carrier of liquid chemicals

Represented a chemical tanker company in a class arbitration in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of our client on whether it is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to impose class arbitration where an arbitration clause is silent on class treatment.
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Diversified energy producer

Representation of a diversified energy producer in defense of antitrust allegations involving transportation (pipeline) and production markets in Virginia. This case involves refusal to deal allegations along with state regulation and market share issues.
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Multinational automaker

Defense at trial of a multinational automaker in a wrongful death case tried in Louisville, Ky. Plaintiff was seated in the front passenger seat, unbelted. She was ejected and crushed between the vehicle and a concrete barrier. Plaintiff contended the car’s door lock and latching systems were defective, allowing the door to open in the crash. After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for just 45 minutes before returning a verdict for our client, finding there was no defect.
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Scott E Adams Scott E. Adams
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5461
F: +1 703 712 5278
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Brad Alexander Brad L. Alexander
Sr. VP and Director, Georgia Gov. Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5811
F: +1 404 443 5682
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Stephen David Allred Stephen David Allred
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2214
F: +1 704 444 8702
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Donald D Anderson Donald D. Anderson
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3230
F: +1 904 798 3273
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Lindsay Hansen Anderson Lindsay K. H. Anderson
Counsel
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8134
F: +1 312 698 4501
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Frank B Atkinson Frank B. Atkinson
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4376
F: +1 804 698 2226
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Yongqing Bao
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 24
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Jeff Barnhart Jeffrey L. Barnhart
Sr. VP, State Gov. Relations McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 836 4007
F: +1 919 836 4035
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Tracy Baynard Tracy M. Baynard
Sr. VP, Infrastructure and Economic Development & Gov. Relations Services McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5083
F: +1 703 712 5225
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John C Beane John C. Beane
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5714
F: +1 404 443 5794
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Sabrina A Beldner Sabrina A. Beldner
Senior Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 956 3419
F: +1 310 956 3119
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Sarah A Belger Sarah A. Belger
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5350
F: +1 703 712 5299
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Barry Biggar Barry Peter Biggar
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7010
F: +1 212 715 6270
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Eric Bilik R. Eric Bilik
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2685
F: +1 904 360 6304
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Daniel F Blanks Daniel F. Blanks
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3235
F: +1 904 360 6309
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Candace Ali Blydenburgh Candace Ali Blydenburgh
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4772
F: +1 804 698 2034
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Bryan C Brantley Bryan C. Brantley
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7983
F: +1 412 667 7971
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Thomas R Brice Thomas R. Brice
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2629
F: +1 904 360 6335
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Thomas William Bruno Thomas William Bruno
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1853
F: +1 804 440 7731
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Robert L Burrus Jr. Robert L. Burrus Jr.
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4306
F: +1 804 698 2023
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Kimberly Q Cacheris Kimberly Q. Cacheris
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8954
F: +1 704 373 8825
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Scott S Cairns Scott S. Cairns
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +1 904 798 3223
F: +1 904 798 3261
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T:+44 20 7632 1600
F: +44 20 7632 1638

Anthony Carna Anthony J. Carna
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7932
F: +1 412 667 7948
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Michelle M Christian Michelle M. Christian
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1187
F: +1 804 698 2001
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Article

Under Pressure

The trucking industry reacts to new attacks on the independent contractor model

Transportation & Logistics
Summer 2014
Article

The P3 Alliance:

Will It Pass Muster With EU Regulators?

The Maritime Executive
January 29, 2014
Legal Alert

Still Up in The Air

The European Commission Proposes Revised Scope of Regulation for Aviation Sector GHG Emissions

October 31, 2013
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